The Antiquity of Man

Posted: January 30, 2009 in Archaeology

In the essay “The Antiquity of Man” (in preparation) I will discuss the Ice Age as a post-Flood event.  One large reason for my previous discomfort with a post-Flood Ice Age was that I couldn’t fit the extinction of the mammoth into the theory.  However, after more research, I find that I must disagree with those Flood theorists who claim that it was a sudden, mass extinction event that resulted in the death of millions of mammoth.  I shall instead argue that the mammoth extinction took time and did not involve nearly as many mammoth as some Flood-theorists claim.  Accordingly, a reduction in the number of those mammoth that became extinct means that a post-Flood Pleistocene epoch is rendered more plausible.  A few hundred thousand mammoth deaths as a result of habitat loss and human predation is a lot easier to fit into a post-Flood biblical chronology than are millions of mammoth deaths in massive post-Flood dust storms (as Michael Oard believes). 

 

The idea of a sudden die off of mammoths is also rendered less likely by recent radiocarbon testing that has dated some mammoths far in the Holocene period, as late as 2790 BC.  (Cf., Radiocarbon, Volume 37, Number 1, 1995, pp. 1-6.)

 

http://packrat.aml.arizona.edu/Journal/v37n1/vartanyan.html

 

Their die off was apparently much more gradual than previously thought.

Stay tuned.

Vern

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